When Kids Ask Hard Questions: Faith-filled Responses for Tough Topics
Foreword by Matthew Paul Turner
Named one of the "Best Religion & Spirituality Books of 2019" by Library Journal
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When your kids ask the hard questions, are you prepared to respond? Learn how to craft faithful conversations and be better prepared to tackle the tough stuff with your kids. More than 30 essays from a diverse group of young parents, pastors, and experts address today’s toughest topics, including gender identity, race, bullying, suicide, mental illness, death, divorce, money, generosity, technology, faith, and more. When Kids Ask Hard Questions models faithful responses to the big questions and invites you to take a deep breath, create safe spaces for the important conversations, and speak the truth in love.
While the responses are aimed at children aged 5-12, many chapters include suggestions for pre-school and older kids/teens as well. Each essay includes a resource list for further exploration.
- Crafting a Family Culture of Conversation
- Who am I? Reflecting on bodies and souls
- Who are we? Reflecting on families and relationships
- Why did this happen? Reflecting on loss
- What am I afraid of? Reflecting on fear and courage
- What’s going on? Reflecting on faith and the way the world works
- What’s fair? Reflecting on money and economics
- Endless Song: Having Conversations Again and Again by Rev. Bromleigh McCleneghan
Contributors: Karen Ware Jackson (editor), Bromleigh McCleneghan (editor), Sarah Leer, Mindi Welton-Mitchell, Becca Girrell, Heidi Heath, Emily Peck McClain, Ben Pershey, Rachael A. Keefe, Karin Heller, Margaret Webb, Emily Brown, Eliza Tweedy, Ben and Kerry Dueholm, Kristin Cooper King, Rebekah McLeod Hutto, William J. Hutto, Hazel Salazar-Davidson, Michael Waters, Yulise Reaves Waters, Alexandra M. Hendrickson, Yuki Schwartz, Traci Smith, Sarah Griffith Lund, Terrell Carter, Aliye Shimi, Danya Ruttenberg, Casey Stanton, Elizabeth Grasham, Erica Schemper, Eva Suarez, David Henson, Allie Scott, and Joshua Hammond
"As parents, sometimes we know the answers, sometimes we don’t, sometimes we just want to convene a council with the wisest spiritual leaders before giving our children the thoughtful answer they deserve to their range of questions. This book is that council, seek and find your responses bolstered by compassion, clarity, and confidence." ―Cindy Wang Brandt, author of Parenting Forward: How to Raise Children with Justice, Mercy & Kindness